Correlations between social engagement and quality of life of the elderly in China

Yu Pei, Sri Gunawan, Shieh Chich-Jen

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Abstract

The global aged population and ratio are increasing remarkably that to thoroughly utilize the retired time and enhance the quality of life of the elderly through social engagement is an issue worth exploring. This study aims to understand the current situations of Social Engagement and Quality of Life of the elderly and the differences in distinct background variables as well as discuss the correlations. With a questionnaire survey, residents in the apartments for the aged in Jiangsu Province are sampled as the research participants. A total of 200 questionnaires are distributed, and 157 valid ones are retrieved, with a retrieval rate of 79%. Each collected questionnaire copy was regarded as a valid sample. The research findings show 1. Partially positive effects of Social Engagement on Physiological Health in Quality of Life of the elderly, 2. Significantly positive effects of Social Engagement on the Psychological Condition in Quality of Life of the elderly, 3. Remarkably positive effects of Social Engagement on Social Relationship in Quality of Life of the elderly, 4. Partially positive effects of Social Engagement on Environment Interaction in Quality of Life of the elderly, and 5. Partially moderating effects of demographic variables on the correlations between Social Engagement and Quality of Life of the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Volume72
Issue numberExtra 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Aged society
  • Environment interaction
  • Quality of life
  • Social engagement
  • Social relationship

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